At Least 4 Dead, 8 Shot at DC Navy Yard

Reports are changing swiftly in shooting rampage
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
Updated Sep 16, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – At least four people have been killed and at least eight are injured in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, a US Navy public affairs director is confirming. The Navy itself is reporting fatalities, though it won't say how many. The shooter is described as "contained," and is believed to have barricaded himself somewhere on the Yard. He is described as a roughly 6-foot-tall black man wearing a black shirt and a black hat, and is reportedly carrying multiple guns. The Navy says it can't confirm reports of multiple shooters.

President Obama is getting frequent briefings on the situation, reports the AP, and the White House is in contact with the FBI and the Navy. The Navy issued a "shelter in place" order for the 3,000 personnel who work there, and emergency responders are on the scene at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building (known as Building 197). Reagan National Airport briefly suspended all incoming and outgoing flights in response, the BBC reports. Flights have now resumed, but six DC-area schools are on lockdown, reports the Washington Post. (Read more Navy stories.)

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